Police took to Twitter to declare the riot “after individuals vandalized, repeatedly smashed first floor windows with rocks and threw burning material into an office.”
The department retweeted a video posted by Hannah Ray Lambert, a reporter with KOIN News, who filmed a small fire with a crowd in the background chanting, “What did you see? Didn’t see s—t!”
Portland police confirmed the fire to Fox News. Lambert reported that protesters later clashed with police.
The Oregonian reported that Tuesday marked the city’s 83rd night of protests and described the Multnomah building as the county seat of government. The paper said the protest was peaceful at first.
On Monday night, authorities said people marched to the police union building and tried to break into the facility. No arrests were made during Monday night’s protest and authorities said most of the crowd dispersed by early Tuesday morning.
The crowd gathered at Colonel Park in southeast Portland at about 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and about an hour later about 200 marched to the Multnomah Building chanting, “say her name, Brionna Taylor,” KPTV.com reported.
The death of Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman in Louisville,Ky., has drawn national attention amid the debate over police use of force against Blacks and other minorities.
Taylor was shot multiple times as police entered her home on a “no-knock” warrant. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at police, allegedly hitting one officer in a leg.
Walker has claimed he fired his weapon because he thought the apartment was being robbed. The initial charge of attempted murder he faced was later dropped, WDRB reported.
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and the Associated Press contributed to this report